Alberta EUB chairman resigns, returns to law

EDMONTON – The man who took over the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board six months ago after a spying scandal has resigned.

William Tilleman resigned as chairman today, saying he plans to return to his private law practice now that the EUB has been split into the new Energy Resources Conservation Board and the Alberta Utilities Commission.

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Alberta firms pay to pollute

An analysis by the Herald reveals most of the large emitters haven’t met the government’s mandated 12 per cent reduction in their emissions intensity (per unit of production).

Instead, they’ll be forced to write cheques totalling tens of millions of dollars to meet their reductions — either by purchasing carbon offset credits or investing in the government’s technology fund, which is designed to make future energy production greener.

For consumers, one thing is clear: the millions of dollars in additional environmental costs will trickle down to Albertans at the gasoline pumps and on power bills.

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Enmax buys Alberta wind farm

Fresh on the heels of announcing the location of a new $1-billion-plus power plant in Calgary, city-owned Enmax Corp. announced Wednesday it has purchased a southern Alberta wind farm for $163 million in debt and equity.

The acquisition from Creststreet Kettles Hill Windpower LP of Toronto will add 63 megawatts (MW) of power to Enmax’s wind energy portfolio, which includes a 50 per cent stake in the 75-MW McBride Lake Wind Farm near Fort Macleod, along with all of Enmax’s 81-MW Taber Wind Farm, opened in October at a cost of $140 million.

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